46 Belh bows down, Nebo stoops low;
their idolsi are borne by beasts of burden.a
The images that are carriedj about are burdensome,
a burden for the weary.
2 They stoop and bow down together;
unable to rescue the burden,
they themselves go off into captivity.k
3 “Listenl to me, you descendants of Jacob,
all the remnantm of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,n
and have carriedo since you were born.p
4 Even to your old age and gray hairsq
I am he,r I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustains you and I will rescue you.
5 “With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?t
6 Some pour out gold from their bags
and weigh out silver on the scales;
they hire a goldsmithu to make it into a god,
and they bow down and worship it.v
7 They lift it to their shoulders and carryw it;
they set it up in its place, and there it stands.
From that spot it cannot move.x
Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer;y
it cannot savez them from their troubles.
8 “Remembera this, keep it in mind,
take it to heart, you rebels.b
9 Remember the former things,c those of long ago;d
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.e
10 I make known the end from the beginning,f
from ancient times,g what is still to come.h
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,i
and I will do all that I please.’
11 From the east I summonj a bird of prey;k
from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
what I have planned,l that I will do.m
12 Listenn to me, you stubborn-hearted,o
you who are now far from my righteousness.p
13 I am bringing my righteousnessq near,
it is not far away;
and my salvationr will not be delayed.
I will grant salvation to Zion,s
my splendort to Israel.
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